The Hundred Dresses: Day 100

And so we come to the end … the Duro! The Duro is actually one of the Hundred Dresses in The-Hundred-Dresses-the-book, and it’s named for Duro Olowu, who designed it. I fell in love … found a reasonable facsimile … and I made it a lot. To wit:

I don’t know if I ever posted this one:
70s Duro

70s Duro sleeve band

70s Duro back

This next one has some video:
Liberty Duro

Liberty Duro stripes (almost) matching

Liberty Duro back

There’s this one:
Japanese Duro

Japanese Duro sleeve band

Japanese Duro back

Then I started making them shorter:
Liberty short Duro

Liberty Duro band

Liberty Duro back

Liberty Mark Duro

Liberty Mark Duro back

And this one:

Liberty First Prize Duro

Liberty First Prize Duro back

Liberty First Prize Duro closeup

(Those last three and the green one above? All Liberty.)

This one has two posts (the second one is a play):
mixed silk Duro

I have never gotten over how nicely these two prints matched, considering I bought them ages apart and in different places:
mixed silk Duro band closeup

mixed silk Duro back

And, of course, the Vader Duro:

Vader Duro

Vader Duro close-up

Vader Duro back

Vader Duro closeup

(Plus there’s this one and this one, and this one, none of which I even have any more, and the one I’m wearing in this video, which I know I still have but I never wear anymore, because I wore it in that video. Crazy.)

I will post some wrapups after this loooooong series … I know there are questions in the comments that have gone unanswered, plus there’s all sorts of statistical fun to be had, and of course a “closet picture” and some dresses that maybe didn’t make the cut for the full 100 … but if you’ve liked this series, may I ask that you perhaps consider picking up the book that inspired it? If you have already, and enjoyed it, I’d love to see your review, and of course it makes a lovely present for just about anyone …

Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments and fun links you’ve shared, too!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 99

We’re gonna go out with a bang … or at least, two very very long posts. Today: the Duro Junior!

The Duro Junior is also known as Simplicity 3875, and looks like this:

Duro Junior Simplicity 3875

Duro Junior Simplicity 3875 back

Or this:

Amy Butler Duro Junior Simplicity 3875

Amy Butler Duro Junior Simplicity 3875 back

Or this:
puzzle Duro Junior Simplicity 3875

puzzle Duro Junior Simplicity 3875 back

Or this:
red tropical Duro Junior Simplicity 3875

red tropical Duro Junior Simplicity 3875 back

Or this:

seersucker Duro Junior Simplicity 3875

seersucker Duro Junior Simplicity 3875

Essentially, it’s just a quick and simple kimono-y dress with contrasting bands at the waist and neckline, but boy, is it comfy. I haven’t worn these in a while (they’re a little too short & the skirts are a little narrow for biking) but looking at these photos makes me want to take these out again, or, better yet, work out a new version with a fuller skirt.

The Hundred Dresses: Day 98

For no real reason, here are two corduroy dresses:

Liberty Corduroy Simplicity 5232

This dress is a Simplicity 5232; here’s a better look at the bodice:
Liberty Corduroy Simplicity 5232

It’s Liberty, of course, but I don’t remember the name of the pattern. (I really have to get better about that … of course, my purchase predated Pinterest, which I now use as a fabric catalog.) Here’s the previous post about it.

I didn’t do the neck button/buttonhole; I knew I’d never button it up that high, since the fabric is so thick (choking … can’t breathe …):
Liberty Corduroy Simplicity 5232 collar/buttons

The cuff:
Liberty Corduroy Simplicity 5232 sleeve

The back:
Liberty Corduroy Simplicity 5232 back

Here’s the other corduroy dress, also Liberty (this print is called “Robin”), a Vogue 9929:
Liberty Corduroy Vogue 9929

The side zip (and pocket, which you can’t see):
Liberty corduroy Vogue 9929 side zip

I made the pockets in this one in a fabric that is just too lightweight, and the contrast between the too fabrics is a bit too harsh, and has led to some stress fraying at the seam. I’ve had to fix it twice. Not great.

The bias trim on the neckline (my favorite part):
Liberty corduroy Vogue 9929

And the back:
Liberty corduroy Vogue 9929 back

I was going to add one more corduroy dress to this post, but it was so darn hot when I was pressing them for photos that I just couldn’t bear it. So here’s the link to it, just in case you’re curious.

The Hundred Dresses: Day 97

This dress is one of the first dresses I ever made from a vintage pattern (the exact pattern is lost to memory). I posted about it a few years back and it was old even then — and I know it’s older than my son, which puts it firmly in the grunge era.
cherry-print shirtdress

I do really like the collar and the lines of the bodice. I remember clearly that this was a newspaper pattern … Anne Adams or Marian Martin or some such:

cherry-print shirtdress bodice

Covered buttons — this is before I knew the trick of using white fabric (batiste or organza) underneath the patterned fabric if you don’t want the metal of the button form to show through:
cherry-print shirtdress buttons

Bias trim on the sleeves:
cherry-print shirtdress sleeves

The back view:
cherry-print shirtdress back

And a closeup view of the back … the only thing I can say is WTH? Where did those seams go? If I weren’t a life-long teetotaler, I would assume that I was drunk when I made this:
cherry-print shirtdress waist seam

And the belt-kit belt, which hasn’t aged well at all:
cherry-print shirtdress belt

I should really find the pattern in my stash and make it up again today, and show the two dresses side by side … just so people can see that, just as with everything else, sewing gets better with practice!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 95

This is another recent addition:

Frankenstein dress

This is a mashup dress, a Frankendress. It’s the bodice from this pattern:


And the skirt from this one:


I didn’t do the little notch thing on the bodice, because I wanted something simple. I like the raglan sleeve, very comfy:

Frankenstein Dress raglan sleeve

Here’s the side zip:
Frankendress side zip

And the back:
Frankendress back

I was looking for something simple I could make quickly, and this really fit the bill. This was my first-draft version; I think it worked out well. I added a little too much room at the waist, so it’s slightly baggy in this picture, but otherwise it fits, and the deep skirt pleats make it fun to wear. In the next version I will attach the (added) pockets at the waist seam, too, because they get too heavy for just the side seam (what with all the stuff I jam into them) and I might also shorten the skirt another inch. But other than that it’s very wearable as-is!

This fabric is part of my Japan stash from back in 2008 … I think all I have left from that trip is the orange bandana print!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 94

Well, today was supposed to be another omnibus day of multiple images but I overslept so we’ll just do this one, okay?

This is a new Butterick 7513; while I was posting the photos for Day 17 and Day 41, I thought, hey, why don’t I make another one of these? So I did:

The stuntiness of this dress is slightly more subtle, but I’m sure you’ll see it. The fabric is Moda Comma Commas (also comes in orange!). It’s not a fantastic fabric for this dress … it doesn’t quite drape right (as you can see above). But it’s certainly good enough.


I am probably never going to wear it buttoned to the neck like this, but it looks better in the pictures. Except huh, looking at it in photos now I can see that the third button down is slightly out of alignment. Oh well. This is what I get for sewing them on while watching a movie.


And here’s the back!


I also made this in FULL ON CAMO and I haven’t even been able to wear it yet. I might have finally made a dress that’s even too obnoxious for me to wear. We’ll see …


The Hundred Dresses: Day 93

So I have more dresses left than days left to post them in (adhering strictly to the hundred-days requirement) so I’ll be doubling up a bit for this last week … so here’s a giant post of all my crossword-themed dresses! These were all worn to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Here’s the 2007 dress:
crossword dress #1

The neck gathering/piping is truly atrocious (you can’t tell this was a rush job AT ALL, can you?):
crossword dress #1 bodice

Scalloped hem. Why? Well, why not?
crossword dress #1 hem

It was kind of a waste because you can’t even tell the hem is scalloped:
crossword dress #1 back

You can tell, however, that I didn’t have a regular zipper in black OR white and had to put in (I kid you not) a big ol’ plastic SEPARATING ZIPPER:
crossword dress #1 plastic back zip

For some reason the dress I made in 2008 didn’t turn up after a fairly extensive search of the house and grounds. Huh. (Perhaps it didn’t want to be associated with the dress above?) Well, the pictures from the original post are pretty decent …

Here’s the 2009 dress:
crossword dress #2

Futura pockets!
crossword dress #2 pockets (Futura)

The bodice (yeah it’s all upside down, I just wanted to add to the difficulty level for the people filling in the puzzle [joke]):
crossword dress #2 bodice
Full back:
crossword dress #2 back

Here’s the 2010 dress:
crossword dress #3

I tried to match the grid across the pockets:
crossword dress #3 side

I actually like the fading of this particular print, as it makes it look more newsprinty, but since the bias edging didn’t fade AT ALL (of course, why would it?), I don’t like the contrast:
crossword dress #3 bodice

The back (you can see the fading more here):
crossword dress #3 back

If you want your own crossword puzzle fabric, there is usually some floating around on eBay/Etsy, or you can try Spoonflower — details of the fabric I used are here.

The Hundred Dresses: Day 92

Today is a twofer; here’s dress 1:

neuron Liberty McCall's 8484

This is McCall’s 8484, which I think I also made once in a striped seersucker version that didn’t survive. I don’t wear this that much because the bodice is a bit blousy for my taste. It definitely needs a belt. I used to wear it with a cream-and-green faux zebra-stripe sash, which sounds ridiculous but actually worked.

neuron Liberty McCall's 8484

I do really like the collar:

neuron Liberty McCall's 8484 collar

Side zip, eh:
neuron Liberty McCall's 8484 side zip

The pockets are actual lining material, which I don’t really ever do unless I think they will show through — and this fabric is both pale enough and sheer enough that I thought it would:

neuron Liberty McCall's 8484 pocket

I didn’t do a very good job on the back neck, although it was one of my favorite features of the pattern:

neuron Liberty McCall's 8484 back neck

This is one of my favorite Liberty prints — I wish I knew the name of it! — and I have a standing bounty on it, let me know if you have any to sell. So when I went back to the UK in 2007, I bought some more and made this:

mystery Liberty neuron dress

I can’t find the pattern this was made from — I know I made another version in gray sateen that I abandoned halfway through as it ended up looking like the uniform of someone enslaved in a Magdalene laundry. It was all about the midriff band, which is kind of beside the point in a fabric this busy:

mystery Liberty neuron dress midriff

The back is also gathered for a little bit of a train effect:

mystery Liberty neuron dress back

Here’s a closer look at the bodice — I liked the curve of the v-neck, too:

mystery Liberty neuron dress bodice

And the side zip:

mystery Liberty neuron dress side zip

Man, I wish I had more of this fabric …

The Hundred Dresses: Day 91

Here’s another McCall’s 8858, which I made back in 2008:

green windowpane McCalls 8858


I really love this fabric, even if it wasn’t the best choice for these facings:

green windowpane McCalls 8858 bodice


This was one of the first side-zip-and-pocket combos I ever did, if I recall correctly. So it’s a bit wonky:

green windowpane McCalls 8858 side zip


And the back had to be piece, because I didn’t have quite enough fabric.

green windowpane McCalls 8858


I wish I had more grass-green dresses. They’re so happy and restful. And since I hide on St. Patrick’s Day anyway, I can usually minimize the risk of being mistaken for a leprechaun.